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Tammy Ladwig, professor of teaching and learning at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Fox Cities campus, has been named a Shining Star—winner of a Fox Cities Chamber Excellence in Higher Education award.

Martin Rudd, assistant chancellor for access campuses, and Linda Haling, dean of the College of Education and Human Services, along with Fox Cities Chamber officials, surprised Ladwig with the news Feb. 21 in her classroom.

Tammy Ladwig

“I am truly humbled by this award,” said Ladwig, who stated she has the best profession in the world. “It is a privilege to be trusted with such a job and profession.”

The chamber recognized the achievements of 10 educator recipients in the Fox Cities region. They will be honored at a special awards program March 30 at the Grand Meridian in Appleton, where the Educator of the Year award will be announced.

A panel of education professionals selected award winners for outstanding commitment to supporting students and efforts outside of the classroom to enhance educational experiences and outcomes of students.

Ladwig’s nomination included the following:

“Dr. Ladwig makes the commitment to her students that she will be there to listen and support no matter the need. This commitment means that she is often the first point of contact for many who are seeking support, a caring person to listen, or guidance to meet their goals. This can be seen in the open-door policy that she has held as a professor.”

Awards were open to all individuals who work with students, from daycares and preschools to universities. The Fox Cities region encompasses Calumet, Outagamie and northern Winnebago counties.

Becky Bartoszek, president and chief executive officer of the Fox Cities Chamber, said it is committed to education and business partnerships that promote student success, workforce development and a high quality of life for all residents. They recognize that educators have a key role in inspiring students at all levels to prepare the future workforce and the next generation of leaders in the community.

Ladwig, a native of Sheboygan who has worked previously in marketing and advertising and as a public school teacher, started at UWO Fox Cities in 2006 as the first tenure track education professor. She has been with UWO as a full-time faculty member since.

She was co-coordinator of the ACT program from 2006 to 2013 and served as director from 2019 to 2020, developing individuals who came to teaching as a second career.

“As students grow and develop into teachers some of my favorite activities include working together on inclusive methodologies, alternatives to traditional school and class structures, their triggers and trauma and social and emotional growth,” she said.

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